Change happens fast in mobile—here's a few from last week you might have missed.
Microsoft named Preston McAfee as chief economist. He will be responsible for leading a team of economists who will work closely with CFO Amy Hood and business and engineering groups across the company on developing new business models and metrics, designing marketplaces for advertising and apps, assisting with government relations and policies and developing an economic strategy for the company.
“We are incredibly optimistic about the path forward for the IT industry and for Microsoft, and we’re excited for the role Preston will play in working directly with our senior leadership team and product/service groups across the company in leading Microsoft on this customer-centric path,” said Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, at Microsoft.
Prior to the new hire, McAfee was the director of Google strategic technologies, and from 2007 to 2012, he was the chief economist and researcher for Yahoo. His other current professional activities include advisor to Rand Education; council member, Game Theory Society; founding co-editor ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation; and member of the Board of Governors, Pardee Rand Graduate School.
McAfee’s lineup of academic credentials include: from 2004–2009, as the J. Stanley Johnson Professor of Business, Economics and Management at the California Institute of Technology. He has been awarded several patents and published two economics textbooks—Introduction to Economic Analysis and Competitive Solutions: The Strategist’s Toolkit. He was named a distinguished fellow of the Industrial Organization Society in 2011, and, in 2009, a Sparc Innovator. McAfee received an Honorary Doctorate Award in Economics from Purdue University and was named a Fellow of the Econometric Society.
Stratix has appointed Brian Viscount as Vice President, Portfolio Management, and Marco Nielsen as Vice President, Managed Mobility Services.
Viscount comes to Stratix with over 25 years of product and portfolio management expertise at Symbol Technologies, subsequently Motorola Solutions Inc. In this newly established leadership position, he will be responsible for managing and guiding the continued evolution of the company’s managed mobile services portfolio, working closely with customers, strategic alliances, sales and marketing.
He has held positions in engineering, product management and industry strategy. Most recently, he led the North American Vertical Markets for Motorola Solutions, managing a team of industry experts to define product and go-to-market strategies. Nielsen brings more than 20 years of experience leading, developing and executing global enterprise mobility strategies. Prior to Stratix, he was the Vice President of Services and Chief Mobility Architect at Enterprise Mobile—a Microsoft funded start-up that was sold to Intermec, now a part of Honeywell. He spent seven years at Enterprise Mobile, assuming numerous leadership responsibilities.
In his new role, Nielsen will lead a team of mobility consultants, solution architects and project managers—delivering critical support and sales strategy for large, global customer engagements.
To enhance its end-to-end product solution, Good Technology completed the acquisition of certain assets from mobile security provider, Fixmo Inc. and Fixmo U.S., Inc.—integrating Fixmo's Sentinel Integrity Services and other key products into the company's secure mobility platform.
Developed under a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Fixmo helps IT organizations ensure that mobile devices start and remain in a known and trusted state within corporate compliance—providing mobile data protection and cyber security solutions for the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and securing mobile apps and protect the integrity and compliance of DISA-managed mobile devices.
"Every day the cyber landscape is changing and customers, and both government agencies and enterprises are struggling to secure sensitive data shared on mobile devices. With the addition of Fixmo's unique device integrity and tamper detection technology to the industry's secure container and platform from Good, we can deliver defense-grade security to ensure all layers, from the OS to applications and data shared between apps, are protected with an advanced security framework,” said Christy Wyatt, Chairman and CEO of Good Technology.
In connection with the acquisition, Good Technology intends to expand its employee base and leverage Fixmo's Sterling, Virginia and Toronto, Canada offices to support ongoing research and development.
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. expanded its partnership with the City of San José, extending its “Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi” network throughout Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) and the San José McEnery Convention Center—enabling millions of travelers to access free and pervasive Wi-Fi. This creates a “connected vision” of providing visitors with a reliable and free Wi-Fi network throughout the heavily-trafficked indoor and outdoor public areas of San José.
“People in and traveling to Silicon Valley are among the most technically sophisticated in the world, with an expectation for super-fast and highly reliable Wi-Fi,” said Vijay Sammeta, CIO, City of San José, which owns and operates Mineta San José International Airport. “With the infrastructure changes we’ve made at the airport, customers are experiencing dramatically faster speeds. On the new Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi system, we’ve seen top download speeds of 60Mbps compared with 14Mbps on our previous Wi-Fi system. For most people, that’s better than what they have at home—and we’re now able to provide that Wickedly Fast experience at Silicon Valley’s Airport.”
SJC partnered with Ruckus to overcome the physical and technical challenges of bringing high-speed access to environments with high-capacity coverage requirements, where many users are trying to access the network simultaneously; with a reliable and high-speed Wi-Fi network in place, airport officials can consider a range of new apps, such as connecting digital information kiosks, new mobile apps for facility maintenance and an overall improved traveler experience.
NetMotion Wireless appointed Jim Ryder as President and Cary Baker as CFO to help promote core strategic objectives centered on maximizing growth potential, accelerating international expansion and advancing product innovation. Ryder will be responsible for leading go-to-market operations while Baker focuses on business financials to advance operations, drive growth and maximize profits.
Ryder has 20 years of experience in sales, expanding and building new revenue streams for technology business including, Clearwire Corporation, Nextel Partners, Inc., and most recently, Advanced Microscopy Group. Baker brings a proven track record of successfully managing the financials for high-growth mobile-centric businesses, previously holding key leadership roles at Clearwire Corporation, Boost Mobile and Sprint.
Erik Prusch, CEO of NetMotion, said, “As we concentrate on expanding our business, Mr. Ryder and Mr. Baker both bring outstanding operational experience in high-growth companies combined with their proven abilities to rapidly scale sales and marketing operations. Strengthening our executive leadership ensures a bright future for NetMotion, and we’re excited to add them both to the team.”